Top Birmingham City Council Stories:
Winning Centenary Square design revealed (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, ITV News, Insider News) Extensive coverage of the announcement of the winner of a competition to redesign Centenary Square. Quotes Sir Albert.
Free ride for lucky commuters as city gives away 5,000 bikes (Birmingham Post) The first batch of new Big Birmingham Bikes have been handed out to eager commuters as part of a £24 million scheme to get the city cycling. A total of 40 bikes were given away in Victoria Square – the start of a 5,000-bike giveaway under Birmingham City Council’s Birmingham Cycle Revolution. Quotes Cllr Lisa Trickett.
Boris-style elected mayor ‘likely to be in place in four years’ (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) A Boris Johnson-style elected mayor is likely to be running the West Midlands region by 2019, according to sources close to the new group of council leaders. The seven leaders, representing Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry and four Black Country councils, have agreed on the name West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) rather than Greater Birmingham.
Lane closures mean more travel misery (Birmingham Post) Birmingham city commuters are being warned that further road closures around the Paradise Circus development will come into force later this month. Quotes council spokesperson urging commuters to consider using public transport or cycling instead of using cars, as well as reminding people to allow more time for journeys.
West Midlands Chief Constable Chris Sims has announced that he will step down from the post in January 2016 after six years spent leading the force through cutbacks and restructuring.
Some of Birmingham’s top academics are under threat from job cuts at the University of Birmingham, it has been revealed. Union leaders say 49 neuroscience staff and 59 in engineering are at risk in the university’s largest job loss programme for years.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is “still convinced” that a Greek debt deal is possible. She said she thought Greece could reach an agreement with its creditors – the EU, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank. Mrs Merkel also told the Bundestag that Germany was working hard to keep Greece in the euro, but said Athens had to follow through on reform commitments.
Universities in England and Wales paid £400,000 in compensation to students last year, following complaints.In 2014, the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) ruled on 2,175 cases, with 500 going in favour of the students. Disputes over academic issues such as degree classification or marks for work formed 61 per cent of complaints.